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Last Friday, the day the NATO 3 were arrested, approximately 35,948 people were arrested across the United States. On Sunday, when at least 45 protesters were arrested at Chicago's NATO summit protests, approximately 35,948 Americans - the number arrested on a daily basis in the US, according to FBI statistics - were handcuffed, read their Miranda rights (maybe), carted off to jail and booked. The plurality of those people were arrested for nonviolent drug crimes. Some of these people will be charged, convicted, prosecuted and jailed.
Originally posted by xenujenkins
Here's the paradox: if drugs are bad for you, and the government takes the stance that they are policing their use to keep people safe, yet more than half the population is obese, why isn't gluttony a felony as well? Why aren't fast food chains like McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell regarded as criminals too?
The problem is the corporate prison system in the US. The more prisoners, the more money shareholders make. Since they need to make more and more profit every quarter, they need more 'product' to increase profits. SO, they lobby to ensure that small and petty crimes continue to be investigated, and arrest people because if they don;t have a steady 'stock' of convicts, the profits go down.